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Creating the LEADERS of Tomorrow -- Leaders, Example-Setters, Achievers, Dreamers --
Upcoming Events
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School Announcements
Attendance Matters
Students with perfect attendance in enjoyed the November ice cream social.

MCSD Housing Assistance Program

Monroe County Education Foundation in partnership with the Monroe County Schools are offering the opportunity for MCSD employees and families to apply for a housing assistance grant in the amount of $5,000.  This grant opportunity is made possible by a generous donation in the amount of $250,000 from an outside organization who prefers to remain anonymous.  The donor has restricted use of these funds to the provision of financial assistance to needy families and/or employees that will allow them to remain as residents of Monroe County.  The grant funds are expressly not for relocation expenses.

 
In order to be considered for receipt of one of the 50 grants to be awarded you must complete the attached form in its entirety and submit it electronically to; Housinghelp@monroecountyedfound.com The initial application deadline is Monday, December 4th at 5:00 PM. Review and evaluation of applications received will begin immediately thereafter.
 
If you have questions or concerns regarding this grant opportunity, or you need assistance in completing the online application form, you should contact the front office.
 
Thank you to the Monroe County Education Foundation for stepping up to support our employees and families with this housing assistance grant opportunity.

Click HERE to begin application
THANK YOU!
Mrs. Catena’s class is feeling very grateful for the donors of the fabulous headphones. Students use headphones for learning on their student iPads and and the Computer Lab.  Thank you!

Dolphin Research Center
THANK YOU!
GAE students and staff would like to give a very loving THANK YOU to Independence Middle School in Palm Beach County!  Former GAE teacher, Mary Ellen Richichi organized donations of gift cards and goods to help families in need.  Once a Dolphin, always a Dolphin!

Calendar Changes
The following changes have been made to the 2017-2018 instructional Calendar for Monroe County Schools...

All Early Release Days for Professional Development (dates vary by region) become Full Student Days

October 16 | Teacher Planning Day becomes a Full Student Day
October 27 | End of the 1st Quarter
November 10 | Veterans Day (observed) becomes a Full Student Day
January 8 | Teacher Planning Day becomes a Full Student Day
January 12 | End of 2nd Quarter/Semester 1
February 19 | Presidents Day becomes a Full Student Day
March 9 | End of 3rd Quarter Teacher Planning Day becomes a half-day for students
March 30 | District-wide Early Release Day becomes a Full Student Day


**Note, these changes do not impact Fall, Winter or Spring Breaks and does not result in any changes to the end of the school year or graduation dates.
Students Return Wednesday
Gerald Adams Elementary faculty and staff are looking forward to welcoming our students back to school on Wednesday, September 27th.  Please contact your child's teacher or the front office if your family needs any assistance.​


Students in Monroe County Schools will return to schools after Hurricane Irma able to receive free breakfast and free lunch. All of traditional schools and some charter schools will be able to receive meals through October 20th.
 
Solar Eclipse

On Monday August 21st the Keys will experience a partial solar eclipse beginning at 1:20 pm and ending at 4:30 pm with the maximum eclipse coverage occurring at 2:57 pm. While a solar eclipse does not itself pose any direct risk to students and staff there is an increased potential for injury to the eye from looking directly at the sun during the eclipse, even during maximum coverage. 
School district staff will be working to educate all students about proper way to view and experience this rare event and how to protect themselves from injury. However, if you have any concerns for your child’s safety during this event, we are allowing students to be signed out by their parents prior to the eclipse event beginning at 12:30 pm. This will be considered an excused absence and parents must follow the normal sign-out protocol through the schools’ front office. 
 
2017-2018 School Supply Lists
Click the link to view your child's school supply lists:
Kindergarten

Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Project Impact


 
Meet The Teacher
MEET THE TEACHER
Tuesday, August 15th
1:00 P.M.

CONOCER AL MAESTRO
Martes, 15 de Agosto
a las 1:00 p.m.

RANKONTRE LA PWOFESE
Madi, August 15th
at 1:00 P.M.

 
Food Service Parent Packet

Click the following links for more information:
Parent Letter

Parent Brochure
Century 21 Bus Routes
Century 21 Bus Routes
 
  HOBSS      
AM New Town/Sigsbee   PM  
7:35 SIGSBEE/GILMORE   2:25 1ST STREET/PATTERSON
7:40 NORTHSIDE/16TH   2:30 VENETIAN/AIRPORT
7:42 CINDY/19TH   2:33 12TH/FLAGLER
7:44 17TH/DUCK   2:34 15TH/DUCK
7:47 15TH/DUCK   2:40 17TH/DUCK
7:49 12TH/FLAGLER   2:42 CINDY/19TH
7:53 VENETIAN/AIRPORT   2:44 NORTHSIDE/16TH
7:58 1ST STREET/PATTERSON   2:50 SIGSBEE/GILMORE
8:00 HOB      
         
         
  HOBSS      
  Downtown      
7:35 TRUMAN ANNEX/FT ZACH   2:25 PORTER PLACE
7:40 WHITEHEAD (PAST ANGELA)   2:30 EATON/WHITEHEAD
7:43 DOUGLAS GYM   2:32 WHITEHEAD (PAST ANGELA)
7:44 TRUMAN/EMMA   2:35 DOUGLAS GYM
7:47 AMELIA/THOMAS   2:36 TRUMAN/EMMA
7:50 EATON/WHITEHEAD   2:39 AMELIA/THOMAS
7:55 PORTER PLACE   2:45 TRUMAN ANNEX/FT ZACH
8:00 HOB      
         
AM HOBSS   PM  
  Stock Island      
7:05 NAVY CLINIC   2:30 OCEANWALK
7:10 6TH/CROSS   2:35 NAVY CLINIC
7:12 10TH/CROSS   2:40 6TH/CROSS
7:15 12TH/CROSS   2:43 10TH/CROSS
7:18 ROBERTA   2:44 12TH/CROSS
7:21 BERNSTEIN PARK   2:46 ROBERTA
7:25 PINK APTS   2:50 BERNSTEIN PARK
7:30 MERCY'S BAKERY   2:53 PINK APTS
7:34 6500 MALONEY   2:55 MERCY'S BAKERY
7:35 6200 MALONEY   3:00 6500 MALONEY
7:37 ANIMAL CLINIC   3:02 6200 MALONEY
7:38 BANYAN GROVE   3:04 ANIMAL CLINIC
7:40 FLAGLER VILLAGE   3:05 BANYAN GROVE
7:45 OCEANWALK   3:06 FLAGLER VILLAGE
8:00 HOB ELEM      
Summer Reading

Research tells us that when students don’t read for two months their skills regress.  We call this “The Summer Slide”.  Reading is a skill which requires practice, just like baseball or math facts.  Summer reading helps students of all ages keep their skills sharp so they are ready when school begins again. 
We strongly encourage parents to read aloud to children.  Your child is never too old to benefit from this activity!
What Every Parent of an Elementary Child Needs to Know:

 You can protect your child against “The Summer Slide” by:
  • Reading to your child daily
  • Reading a lot of different materials
  • Discussing what you’ve read together
  • Asking your child questions about what was read
  • Encouraging your child to write or draw in response to what they’ve read
Every Question Counts!
Part of continual literacy progress is learning how to think as you read. Asking ques­tions supports learning how to think. Examples of some questions you might ask your child before, during, or after they read might be:
  • What was it all about?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • Does this make you wonder about anything?
  • What was your favorite part of the story?
  • What did you learn?
  • How did the characters change over time?
  • What was the problem in the story?
  • What was the solution?
Read, read, read!  Read as much and as often as you can with your child and push them to read independently this summer.  Research says that if your child reads 15 books at their reading level, they will increase their readiness for the next grade level, and avoid “The Summer Slide”.
 
MOVIE PARTY
 
  1. Read at least 15 things this summer!  This can be a combination of books (you should read as many books as you can this summer!), newspaper articles, eBooks, recipes, or anything else that you read.  If you read big chapter books, you will have less books and more “other” reading.  If you read short books or picture books, you should have mostly books and less “other” reading.  Record what you read on the Summer Reading Log that on the back of your folder.
  2. Make one book review to share in August.  Bring it back the first day or two of school. The folder is already done, just complete it after you read a great book!
These are your tickets to the Summer Reading Movie Party when we come back to school in August.
 
Did you lose your summer reading packet?  No Problem!  Click the following links to download a new one!

Summer reading in English 

Let nan kreyol 

Carta en espanol



 
MyON.com





Monroe County School District

Getting Started Instructions for Students
 
  1.  Go to www.myon.com.  Select “Log in now” button. 
  2. Start typing and select your school name from the drop down menu.
  3. Enter your Username and Password.   Select “Sign In”. 
    1. Each student has a unique username and password.  It is the same as their Ren Place log-in.
  4. The interest Inventory will automatically appear.  Select if you want to do English or Spanish.   Choose English and Spanish if you want your recommended tab to have books with both languages. 
  5.  Select your level of interest for each category.  Select the best face to match the level of interest.   Click “SAVE”.
  6. You will be logged into myON – scroll down to see the books that are Recommended for you and choose 1 to start reading. 
    1. You can click on the see more button if you want to browse the recommended books in the library.
  7.  After you read a book, or have the book read to you, the last page will have a red end button. Click the red end button to rate and give a review to the book.   Click save your review
  8. Book Quiz - Students must score a 70% or greater on the comprehension quiz at the end of every book to count as completed. 
  9. Start reading a new book


Click the following links to view Tutorial Videos and Read Quick Reference Guides:
myON Overview (PreK-1st Grade)
Elementary Student Overview-Part 1
Elementary Student Overview-Part 2
Quick Reference Guide for PreK-5th Grade
Summer Reading Pledge
TAKE THE SUMMER READING PLEDGE!




The Summer Literacy Adventure challenges Florida students to pledge to read as many books as possible throughout the summer break. Each student can fill out his or her pledge at Summer Literacy Pledge. Following the summer break, the department will recognize the top 10 schools with the highest percentage of participation. The school whose students read the most books will receive a surprise visit from First Lady Ann Scott.

Click the following link to take the pledge! 

http://app1.fldoe.org/Communications/Forms/SummerLitAdventure.aspx
Dynamic Duo
Students, teachers, and staff at Gerald Adams Elementary are please to announce that our Administrators have been named Principal and Assistant Principal of the year for all of Monroe County schools.  Our "Dynamic Duo"  works hard every day to promote a safe and happy learning environment for our students and staff and we could not be more proud.  (See Press Release below).




A “DYNAMIC” DUO RECEIVES HONORS AS PRINCIPAL AND DEAN OF THE YEAR
AT GERALD ADAMS ELEMENTARY
 
STOCK ISLAND, Fla. – Officials in the Monroe County School District announced Dr. Ann “Frannie” Herrin and Dr. Kyle Sheer from Gerald Adams Elementary as Principal of the Year, and Assistant Principal/Dean of the Year. The two administrators received the recognition after their peers and staff enthusiastically nominated them for the District award. It is rare for the Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year to come from the same school, however, officials say the two administrators at GAE deserved receiving the honor together because of their outstanding teamwork.
 
Addressing the staff when the awards were announced Tuesday afternoon, Superintendent Mark T. Porter said,
“What Frannie and Kyle are being recognized for is representative of the work that they do.  Leadership is a big part of that, and I think both of these people are providing great leadership here at Gerald Adams.
 
Dr. Sheer, Dean of GAE for three years shared his sentiments on receiving the award: “This recognition is very special to me, but the true champions of our school are the amazing teachers and support staff who work tirelessly to provide an unparalleled learning experience for our students. I feel lucky to be surrounded by such great educators who have supported me since day one.”
 
In the nominations, staff and administration stressed the amount of dedication to the students and their families the two promoted. They emphasized the commitment to serving the school’s community and providing the proper resources to students to help them continue to grow as learners, while aiding in keeping students safe and healthy.
 
Dr. Herrin, Principal of GAE for 15 years, and educator with MCSD for 29 years, said that what she and her team commits to doing every day for the students is truly a labor of love. She stated, “At Gerald Adams, we are a family that supports one another, but we work with one mission, and that is to educate our students and to prepare them for their futures, showing our students that they have amazing opportunities is at the core of all we do.”
 
The announcement comes just before the District’s Employee Recognition Banquet on May 19th, 2017 at Key Colony Inn in Marathon. For more information about the District, its mission and vision, visit www.keysschools.com
 
Junior Golf Program
Reef Relief
Please see the following letter from our friends at Reef Relief!......

Dear Gerald Adams Families,

 Reef Relief has an awesome Summer Coral Camp for Kids that allows students 6-12 years of age explore and learn about the Florida Key's marine environment outside the classroom. We have engaging educational activities at the Reef Relief Environmental Center, and we take daily field trips! Campers will experience 4 days of snorkeling: one day practicing their snorkel skills at the Key West Marine Park, one day at the seagrass beds and sponge gardens, and two days snorkeling at the reef with Sebago and Fury. Summer Coral Camp runs from June 12th-August 18th (except for the week of July 3rd) from 8:30am-4:30pm. We also have about 30 scholarships to ensure that every child in the Keys has the opportunity to attend Coral Camp. 

Our coral camp brochure and scholarship applications can be found at our website https://www.reefrelief.org/coral-camp-2017/ 
 
Sincerely, 

Interactive Panel
 
Would you like to have input on the BEST Interactive Panel for Monroe County K-8 students?  We cordially invite you and your families to stop by Gerald Adams Elementary on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 between 3:45 pm and 4:30 pm to provide input as to the best option for Monroe County students.  Join us at any time during this window, and we will share with you four different interactive panel options. 
 
 
Dolphin Days Schedule
DOLPHIN DAYS 2017

Please make note of the following schedule changes for Dolphin Days.  We hope you can make it out to cheer on our athletes!
Tues. May 9th –1st grade  8:15 and 5th grade 9:45
Wed. May 10th– 2nd grade 8:15 and 3rd grade 9:45
Thurs. May 11th– Kindergarten 8:15 and 4th gr. 9:45
Friday, May 13th—Rain Make-up Day! 
FREE Food Distribution


 
21st CCLC Stakeholder Surveys 2016-17


At the end of each year, 21st CCLC programs are required to survey participating students, their adult family members and the students’ school-day teachers. This is a requirement of the funds that support the 21st CCLC program.

Students, adult family members and students’ school-day teachers are asked to provide information about their perception and impacts of the 21st CCLC program on student academic and personal development. There are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers and no identifying information will link participants to the surveys. The information obtained will assist the 21stCCLC program in making improvements to better serve students and families in the future.

Surveys must be completed by Friday, May 12, 2017. The links for the electronic surveys will be closed after this date.

Choose the survey below that is most applicable. Before beginning the survey, make sure that you know the appropriate 21st CCLC afterschool program and center name.
 

These surveys are available in English, Spanish, and Creole. Adult family members may choose to complete the survey in paper format (English and Spanish) and mail it directly to the survey manager. If you would like to use the paper version, please ask the program staff for the paper survey and a postage-paid envelope.

Using the latest version of the following browsers is recommended: Chrome: 49; Firefox: 45; Safari: 9; Microsoft Edge 25; Internet Explorer: 11. If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the stakeholders’ surveys, please email 21stREU@fldoe.org.  

GAE Celebrates Literacy!
Gerald Adams would like to thank everyone who helped make Read Across America Day such a great success!

Read Across America Day
READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY:  It is Dr. Seuss’s birthday!  On Thursday, March 2nd students at Gerald Adams will join millions of other students across the country to celebrate Read Across America Day! We will have school wide Drop Everything and Read times. We will also have guest readers come in to read to classes. If you would like to be a guest reader please let your child’s teacher or Mr. Taylor know.
 
PAKER Night!: What better way to end Read Across America Day?  We will have a Dr. Seuss themed evening (Thursday, March 2nd) that the students will be talking about for a long time.  Please plan to attend!  The fun begins at 5:30.
THANK YOU, DIONS!

Gerald Adams Elementary would like to extend a very special thank you to Dion's Quick Mart #3 in Summerland Key for donating $500 to support math and science education. 

Florida Department of Education - Exceptional Student Education
Let the Florida Department of Education know about how Gerald Adams Elementary School partners with you, the parent, to promote parent involvement in your child’s education.  A paper survey will come home in the Tuesday envelope of children with Individual Education Plans (IEPs)If you prefer to complete the survey electronically, click the link below
Please take the time to complete this brief survey to help us at Gerald Adams School to continue to meet your family’s needs.
Garden
Green Thumbs!


4th Grade students participating in Century 21 planted and enjoyed the harvest from their garden!
Light the Torch - Publix
Light the Torch
The Light the Torch campaign is a fundraiser to raise money for the Special Olympics in order to support teams with uniforms, equipment, travel expenses, snacks, etc. Each torch is a $1.00 donation to Special Olympics.   Torches will be displayed in Publix stores.  It is being held at the New and the Old Publix stores until January 22nd.
Congratulations, James!
Hoop Shoot Contest Winner - James Osborne

Our GAE Family is proud to announce that third grade student, James Osborne won the Hoop Shoot Contest in Miami.  James will be representing Gerald Adams Elementary at Regionals.  Good luck, James!
 
GAE ROCKS READING!


Parents and students can now follow how many books and words our GAE students have read this school year.
 
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